Sunday, December 23, 2012

No one can drop Sachin Tendulkar, says Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly, once part of the formidable opening partnership with Sachin Tendulkar in the limited overs format, today supported the latter's decision to retire from the ODI cricket but thought the senior India batsman would have played the series against Pakistan.

"I felt that he might have played the series against Pakistan. But it is his decision and I think it is the right. There was a doubt on whether he would play ODI cricket or not.

But I am not surprised by his decision. He has done what he thought was right," said Ganguly.

The pair of Tendulkar and Ganguly scored 26 hundred-plus partnerships in ODIs. Of these, 21 century stands were for the opening wicket. Both of these happen to be world records.

He, along with Ganguly, had been involved in 38 hundred-plus partnerships in international cricket (all three forms combined) which is a world record. The 12,400 runs scored by this pair is also a world record.

Ganguly said no one from the national selectors could have asked Tendulkar to retire from the ODI cricket.

"I don't think there was any pressure of selectors on him. It is his own decision. No one can drop him," Ganguly added.

Tendulkar today announced his retirement from ODIs, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the format during which he rewrote numerous batting records.

Tendulkar goes out after amassing 18,426 runs in 463 one-dayers at an average of 44.83. The diminutive right-hander has an astonishing 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred, the first in this form of the game.

Words are not enough to sing Sachin Tendulkar's praise: Pakistan cricket team

Bangalore:  The Pakistani players on Sunday fell short of words while describing Sachin Tendulkar's impact on world cricket and said the Indian batting legend will be missed sorely in One-day cricket following his retirement.

Tendulkar called it a day on his 23-year-old One-day career on the eve of the series against arch-rivals Pakistan.

Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir said he enjoyed bowling against Tendulkar because the margin of error was so slim that he could dispatch even good deliveries to the fence.

"In every cricketer's life there comes a day when he decides to hang up his shoes. Words are not enough to describe his achievements for India. He deserves highest of respects in world cricket," he said.

Tanvir wished luck to Sachin and hoped he would smash many more centuries for India in Test matches.

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said the players of his country feel sad that Tendulkar will not be seen on the field in ODIs.

"To be honest we (Pakistanis) will miss him and feel really sad that he will not play anymore international ODIs for India. I admire the man for his sheer domineering character. He rattled all kinds of bowlers around the world," Hafeez said.

"Sachin is a great entertainer of cricket and wish him good luck for the future," he added.

Another Pakistan quick bowler Umar Gul said the presence of Tendulkar in the India team has immensely contributed in nurturing young cricketers such as Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina.

"I am suer Virat and Raina have learnt a lot from the maestro," he said.

The young batting sensation Umar Amin said he would have loved to play against Tendulkar in the upcoming series.

"I played against India in 2010 Asia Cup, but unfortunately he wasn't there. I would like to say only one thing that if cricket is the religion then Sachin is God," Amin said.

Sachin Tendulkar wished by cricketers on glorious ODI career

Sachin Tendulkar, who on Sunday announced retirement from One-Day Internationals, was congratulated by many cricketers around the globe for his glorious career that spanned over 23 years.

Tendulkar brought an end to an illustrious career in coloured kits that has spread across two decades.
Various cricketers have come out and praised him and have conveyed their heart-felt messages to the great man on Twitter.

Yuvraj Singh: In my heart and fellow indians! The pride of our country I salute to u for ur contribution to indian cricket. Emotional time ! Letting sachin go from one dayers ! 18 thousand plus runs ur jaw drops when u c those records , master u will always live

Pragyan Ojha: The pride of our country ,I salute you for ur contribution to indian cricket @sachin_rt.

Parthiv Patel: Words cant describe his greatness...true legend...greatest batsman ever to play cricket...grt grt grt human being..#respect

Harbhajan Singh: Sachin tendulkar a grt batsman.grt human being.a grt frnd.grt man 2 look up 2.proud indian.Real son of india.I salute u nd luv u

RP Singh: The legend's retirement will be a void felt not only in Indian cricket but World cricket. #RetireTheJerseyNo10

Suresh Raina: "The reason for playing cricket. The reason for watching cricket. Sachin Tendulkar..... No words.. Love you Paji"

Rohit Sharma: My mentor my hero my friend and my reason for falling in love with the sport. Truly heartbroken

Rahul Sharma: "Sad that I won't be able to see sachin tendulkar paaji on the field fr an ODI again but a huge salute to him and his craft."

Ravi Bopara: Well done to @sachin_rt on his amazing ODI career. Inspiration to millions if not billions. We will never see another Sachin in our lifetime

Hashim Amla: Conclusion of a sterling ODI career from a wonderful batsman. Congrats Sachin Tendulkar

God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar: Cricket World Will Miss You Sir

Mumbai: Billions of hearts were left shattered on Sunday when the great Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from the One Day International Cricket. The wave of shock gripped the Indian sub-continent when the news hit the television screens that Sachin has said bye bye to the ODI cricket with immediate effect. The news was more of an emotional issue in also the sense that reports had on Friday stated that Sachin may be playing in the ODI series against Pakistan beginning from December 25. And his withdrawal from the game has come at the time when Indian squad was about to be announced for the home series against the arch rivals.

His undying passion for the love of the game can never be overshadowed. He is a living legend in true senses. He owns the place of God in the religion of Cricket. He is the greatest ever Cricketer in the history of the gentlemen’s game. He holds most number of world records. He is a player who has played most number of international Cricket matches. He has been the ray of light in tough times for India. He has given his everything to the game. But all this would become history now as the great Sachin Tendulkar has called it off from the One Day International Cricket on Sunday.

After the tough decision, an emotional Sachin Tendulkar said, "The way I have been honoured and supported over the years was immense. I am grateful to all those who have been my strength, to all those who loved me and to those too who stood by me through thick and thins."

"I have been fortunate to have been a part of the team that won the World Cup in 2011. I thank God. I wish that the Indian team should begin the preparations for the 2015 ODI World Cup. I wish them the very best of luck," said Sachin after his retirement.
The intensity of Sachin's fan following can be understood by the fact that people used to turn off their TV sets when Sachin got out. There have been countless stories of Sachin's encounter with his untainted fans.


Sachin has played most number of ODIs in the world limiting the figure to 463 stacking a mountainous total of 18, 426 runs facing 21367 deliveries. He is the first man on the planet earth to reach 200* in a single innings. He did the wonder against the South Africa. With a prolific batting average of 44.83, he has maintained the grinding zeal and the never dying hunger to score runs. He also has 41 not-out innings to his name. Having stroked 49 ODI tons with his bat Sachin has also made 96 half centuries that is most by any batsman in the world. He with his classical straight drives and majestic cover drives, has hit 2016 boundaries throughout his career and also sent the ball gazing the skies for six 195 times.


Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was born on April 24, 1973 into a Rajapur Saraswat Brahmin family in Mumbai. His father Ramesh Tendulkar was a reputed Marathi novelist and his mother Rajni worked in an insurance industry. Ramesh named Tendulkar after his favourite music director, Sachin Dev Burman. Tendulkar has three elder siblings: two half-brothers Nitin and Ajit, and a half-sister Savita. They were Ramesh's children from his first marriage. He spent his formative years in the Sahitya Sahawas Cooperative Housing Society, Bandra (East), Bombay.

When Tendulkar was young, he was considered to be a bully, and often picked up fights with new children in his school. He also showed an interest in the game of Tennis with his idol being John McEnroe. To help curb his mischievous and bullying tendencies, Ajit introduced him to cricket in 1984. He introduced the young Sachin to Ramakant Achrekar, a famous cricket coach of Bombay and a club cricketer of repute, at Shivaji Park, Dadar, Bombay.

Achrekar was impressed with Tendulkar's talent and advised him to shift his schooling to Sharadashram Vidyamandir (English) High School, a school at Dadar which had a dominant cricket team and had produced many notable cricketers. Prior to this, Tendulkar had attended the Indian Education Society's New English School in Bandra (East).

He was also coached under the guidance of Achrekar at Shivaji Park in the mornings and evenings. Tendulkar would practice for hours on end in the nets. If he became exhausted, Achrekar would put a one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps, and the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin.

Tendulkar now considers the 13 coins he won then as some of his most prized possessions. He moved in with his aunt and uncle, who lived near Shivaji Park, during this period, due to his hectic schedule.

Meanwhile at school, he developed a reputation as a child prodigy. He had become a common conversation point in Mumbai cricketing circles, where there were suggestions already that he would become one of the greats. Besides school cricket, he also played club cricket, initially representing John Bright Cricket Club in Bombay's premier club cricket tournament, the Kanga League, and later went on to play for the Cricket Club of India. In 1987, at the age of 14, he attended the MRF Pace Foundation in Madras (now Chennai) to train as a fast bowler, but Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee, who took a world record 355 Test wickets, was unimpressed, suggesting that Tendulkar focus on his batting instead.

A couple of months later, former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar gave him a pair of his own ultra light pads. "It was the greatest source of encouragement for me," Tendulkar had said nearly 20 years later after surpassing Gavaskar's world record of 34 Test centuries. His season in 1988 was extraordinary, with Tendulkar scoring a century in every innings he played. He was involved in an unbroken 664-run partnership in a Lord Harris Shield inter-school game against Anjuman-E-Islam High School in 1988 with his friend and team-mate Vinod Kambli, who would also go on to represent India.

The destructive pair reduced one bowler to tears and made the rest of the opposition unwilling to continue the game. Tendulkar scored 326 (not out) in this innings and scored over a thousand runs in the tournament. This was a record partnership in any form of cricket until 2006, when it was broken by two under-13 batsmen in a match held at Hyderabad in India.

On 24 May 1995, at the age of 22, Tendulkar married Anjali, a paediatrician and daughter of Gujarati industrialist Anand Mehta and British social worker Annabel Mehta. Anjali is six years his senior. They have two children, Sara (born 12 October 1997) and Arjun (born 24 September 1999). Arjun, a left handed batsman, has recently been included in under-14 probables list of Mumbai Cricket Association for off-season training camp.

And Sachin's retirement has left many with moist eyes. He would be remembered till the world exits.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar completes 34,000 runs in international cricket

Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday created yet another record in his illustrious career when he completed 34,000 runs in international cricket, during the first day's play between India and England in the third Test at the Eden Gardens.

Sachin Tendulkar achieved the milestone in his 193rd Test appearance for India in his 23-years long career.

Sachin fought hard against a disciplined English bowling attack on Wednesday at Kolkata, Sachin Tendulkar struggled a bit at the start, but came out looking extremely fluent after Tea, Tendulkar reached his 66th Test fifty, on the first ball after tea.

Sachin Tendulkar scored 76 runs of faced 155 balls with 13 fours, as India reach 230 for five.

Sachin Tendulkar, who has faced recent criticism on his form, got some respite after being willed on by former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly. Ganguly gave his former team mate some words of encouragement, ahead of the third Test between India and England that will be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Addressing a gathering which had all the members of the Indian team, Ganguly said, "Many stories are being written about the match. I wish all the luck to Sachin. I hope he scores a ton at Eden Gardens."

Monday, November 26, 2012

God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar doesn't need any advice on his future: BCCI

Sachin Tendulkar's streak of low scores might have raised a question mark over his future but senior BCCI official and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla today came out in support of the senior batsman saying one needs to look at his "colossal record" before making any comment.

Sachin Tendulkar in Test Match

"He will hang up his boots when he thinks it's time for him to go. He does not need any advise on this. Before making a comment on his performance you have to see his colossal record and his past performance," Shukla told reporters outside the Parliament adding that the veteran cricketer will come back strongly in the forthcoming matches.

"He will do well in forthcoming matches," Shukla said.

God Of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar has been battling poor form for sometime and his last 10 innings have yielded just 153 runs at an average of 15.3, the lowest by an Indian top-order batsman in the corresponding period.

The 39-year-old's last three figure score in Tests came in January last year against South Africa.

Asked about India's loss to England in the second Test at Mumbai today, Shukla said: "It is sad. After the victory in Ahmedabad the batting line-up could not perform the way it should have. It was a turning wicket and English spinners performed better."

Shukla, though, said the board will look into the matter and would take necessary corrective measures.

"We will discuss the shortcomings and so will the team management to see how the performance can be improved," he said.

On the selection of the team for the next two Tests against England, Shukla said it remains the prerogative of the Selection Committee and nobody should interfere in their domain.

"Selectors are also former players and they will take a call on this. Whom to select and whom not to, it is their domain," he added.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar conferred Order of Australia

God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar has become the first Indian sportsman to be honored with membership of the Order of Australia.

Arts Minister Simon Crean conferred the award on the cricketer at a ceremony on Tuesday in Mumbai, Tendulkar's home city, after the honor was announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard during her visit to India last month.

Tendulkar was recognized "for his service to Australia-India relations by promoting goodwill, friendship and sportsmanship through the sport of cricket", said a statement from the Australian consulate-general.

"Mr Sachin Tendulkar, as a member and former Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, has made an outstanding contribution to international cricket for more than 20 years," it said, describing his career as an "inspiration".

The 39-year-old batsman is the world's leading scorer in both Test and one-day cricket and has compiled an unprecedented 100 international centuries.

West Indies batting star Brian Lara was also honored with membership of the Order of Australia in 2009.

Two other Indians, former attorney-general Soli Sorabjee and Mother Teresa, have previously been awarded Australian honors.

Tendulkar's popularity in the country was cemented when legendary cricketer Don Bradman said he was reminded of his own batting after watching the Indian play.

Announcing his honour in New Delhi in October, Gillard said Tendulkar deserved the "special honor" because he was a "very special cricketer".

"Cricket is of course a great bond between Australia and India. We are both cricket-mad nations," she said.

Friday, November 2, 2012

God Of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar's hundred augurs well for Team India for the series against England

Mumbai : Sachin Tendulkar smashed his way to a 79th First-class century while playing for Mumbai against the Railways in the Ranji Trophy 2012. Following months of struggle and questions over his form, this hundred would certainly be a huge confidence booster and his fans would breathe a huge sigh of relief. Despite having almost all the batting records to his name, Tendulkar still has the fire to play the game and bring laurels to the country. The very fact that he turned up for Mumbai ahead of the big Test series against England speaks volumes of burning desire to succeed even after 23 years of grind at the top.

Sachin Tendulkar Ranji Tophy

Mumbai coach Sulakshan Kulkarni was upbeat about the team's chances with the presence of Tendulkar and Zaheer..

"The preparation has been excellent. We have had a good three days session from Monday to Wednesday; so today we said we will have one light session.

"It is a good sign for Mumbai cricket (about them) turning out for Ranji. Sachin is probably playing after about three years. It is good sign for the team and hope that definitely the boys will learn a lot of things," he said.

The former Mumbai stumper said Tendulkar was practicing hard since Mumbai Indians had returned after the end of their campaign in CLT20 in South Africa.

"He comes around 8:00 am. He does his own fitness training and then joins the team. The way he is playing in the nets, he is very serious. He was batting everyday for 45 minutes to 1 hour non stop and he is shaping well. His feet movement was very good," said Kulkarni. .

"I don't remember any other player, barring perhaps Rahul Dravid, who has been practicing for one hour. It is an achievement, to play five bowlers at a stretch for one hour and face 300 balls.

"It is very difficult to concentrate like that very hard. That shows his commitment level, his concentration his focus right focus is there," he added.

Friday, September 7, 2012

God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar will bounce back, says Ganguly

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has backed under-pressure Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar to bounce back after recent poor run of form.

Sourav Ganguly with Sachin Tendulkar

Ganguly said, "There is a lot of talk about God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar, more than the 2-0 Test series win by India. People have started saying that it is time for him to go after the three innings in which he did not live up to the high standards he's set for himself.

"This is not the right assessment. He is one player who knows when to go. Sachin should not be judged on the basis of three innings but over a period of eight to 10 Test matches."

The former Indian captain feels Tendulkar, in the past, has silenced his critics, whenever his form had been questioned.

Ganguly wrote in his column for Hindustan Times, "In the past, he has been castled, but every time Sachin has found a way to bounce back. I will keenly watch him during the England series and I believe the great man of Indian cricket will silence one and all, like the way he has always done."

Sachin Tendulkar knows when to call it a day, says McGrath

Former Australia cricketer Glenn McGrath believes that Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar knows the best when to retire.

Glenn McGrath with Sachin Tendulkar

McGrath said Tendulkar is a legend and he has a lot of faith in Tendulkar and he'll know when to retire.

Meanwhile, former New Zealand cricketer Martin Crowe said Tendulkar will struggle against pace bowlers.

"Hand-eye reaction is not Tendulkar's problem; he probably is better and faster with his hands than he was in 1992. But the one thing that he can't escape from is that the body is naturally slowing down," Crowe, one of New Zealand's finest batsmen who scored 5444 runs in 77 Tests, said.

"Firstly, the back and hamstrings are probably 10 percent less flexible, and his agility and speed down by 10 percent too. Tendulkar will naturally find that he is not as quick as before. In particular, it is against fast bowling that his feet and body will find it increasingly hard to move quickly enough into position," Crowe wrote.
Crowe felt that Tendulkar, who has scored 100 international centuries, won't face any problems whatsoever from the spinners as he is as good as anyone in the world.

Sachin Tendulkar adds value to batting line-up, says Manjrekar

Sachin Tendulkar 's vulnerability against full-length deliveries in the New Zealand series may have raised a few eyebrows, but Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Test batsman and Tendulkar 's teammate, feels the days of batting maestro at the highest level are not yet over.

"To me, the way Tendulkar got out in his three innings against New Zealand does not suggest by any stretch of the imagination that he is finished as an international batsman," he said.

"I will stand by what I've said all along about Tendulkar - that his run-making at the international level will stop only when he stops playing. Until then, he may not dominate as he used to but he will still be a good enough batsman to get runs at the highest level, and to add value to the Indian team, especially in Test cricket," he told cricinfo.

Sanjay Manjrekar with- Sachin

Sanjay Manjrekar felt that Sachin was aware of the difficulties an ageing batsman has to face and he will soon find an answer to it.

Tendulkar, 39, was clean bowled three times out of three in the just-concluded two Test-series between India and New Zealand, triggering a spate of negative comments. Even Manjrekar and Sunil Gavaskar, who were doing television commentary when Tendulkar was bowled in the first innings of the second Test, questioned his lack of foot movement.

Now, Manjrekar says Tendulkar still adds value to the batting line-up and must be part of the team in the four-Test series against England at home.

Also a Mumbaikar like Tendukar, Manjrekar argued that the maestro was not first one to have struggled with full-length deliveries.

"I have seen with great players as they age that it's the full delivery that seems to bother them more than short ones. Short balls land on the pitch well before full-length ones do, so their mystery is revealed to the batsman earlier," he pointed out.

"Watching a ball from the point of release to almost right under your eyes is not easy to do. Great batsmen do it as a matter of habit, but with age they have to remind themselves to keep doing it right through their innings."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sachin’s son in Mumbai’s under-14 probables list

Mumbai: Arjun Tendulkar, son of god of cricket Sachin Tendulkar, has made one step towards making a career in cricket when he was named in the under-14 probables list for the off season training camp by the Mumbai Cricket Association.

Arjun had scored his maiden hundred in Mumbai Cricket Association’s U-14 summer vacation tournament at Sunder Cricket Club, Cross Maidan a month’s back.

The 13-year-old had stitched together 124 runs, which included 14 fours and a six, to help Khar Gymkhana defeat Goregaon Centre by an innings and 21 runs in the semifinals. He scored over 250 runs in five games," said MCA joint secretary and junior selection panel convener Dr P V Shetty about the junior Tendulkar's selection in the 32-strong probables list.

The selected players would undergo the training camp at MCA's indoor cricket academy from July 3, Shetty said.

List of U-14 Probables: Arjun Tendulkar, Akash Sawla, Dhruva Vedak, Bhupen Lalwani, Varun Joijode, Riddesh Sawant, Sidak Singh, Aman Sharma, Azim Shaikh, Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Mehrotra, Kaustubh Dipte, Sarvesh Rahate, Agni Chopra, Mukund Sardar, Jay Dave, Rahul Dube, Mehtab Ansari, Suraj Patel, Tanush Kotian, Aftab Ansari, Akash Malbari, Prathamesh Chavan (W.K.), Ojas Pandit, Aditya Jha, Om Jadhav, Samit Pawar, Hashir Dafedar, Sagar Chabria, Rishikesh Padwal (W.K.), Mahesh Patil, Jairaj Deshmukh

Thursday, May 24, 2012

God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar maintains 12th spot in ICC Test rankings

Sachin Tendulkar
DUBAI: Sachin Tendulkar remained the highest-ranked Indian batsman at the 12th spot in the latest ICC Test ranking released on Tuesday. With 749 points to his kitty, Sachin Tendulkar shares the 12th spot with Azhar Ali of Pakistan in the batsmen's chart which is headed by West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul who extended his advantage over South African AB de Villiers.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Man of the century: sachin Tendulkar scores his 100th international hundred

Sachin 100th century
Sachin 100th century : The first man in the Cricket History India's Sachin Tendulkar completed his milestone of 100 international centuries as he hit a century against Bangladesh in their Asia Cup clash at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday. Sachin Tendulkar reached his half century off 63 balls and then went on to complete his century in 138 balls.

God of cricket hits 10 fours and one six on his way to his landmark score. He done an astonishing sporting achievement that is unlikely to ever be matched. But the record is set to spark celebrations in India, where Tendulkar, whose international career began in 1989, is revered.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar will still be great even if he misses 100th ton: Steve Waugh

Sachin Tendulkar
Melbourne, Feb 7 (TruthDive): Australian great and former skipper, Steve Waugh has said that the quality in Sachin Tendulkar’s batting will never diminish even if he does not score his much awaited 100th international century.

“I think it’(s a huge statistic and India is obsessed by stats. The whole country wants him to get his one hundredth (100) so maybe that’s where the real pressure is coming from.

“It will be nice if he could get it down the road, but if he doesn’t get it I certainly won’t think any less of him as a player,” Waugh said. Waugh compared Tendulkar’s failure to score his hundredth 100 till today with Don Bradman, who retired with an average of 99.94. He also said it may be possible that Tendulkar does not have it in his destiny to score that elusive hundred but felt it is highly unlikely.

“He’s a great player. You know Bradman wasn’t meant to average 100, maybe Sachin Tendulkar is not meant to get a hundredth century. But I think he’ll get it pretty shortly,” Waugh was quoted as saying by ‘The Australian’.

Tendulkar, stranded on 99 international centuries since March last year, moved in the vicinity of 80s in the current test series against Australia. With cricketing fans across the globe waiting for Sachin’s elusive hundred, the Australian team will do everything to prolong the Indian great’s agonising wait for his 100th international century.

Tendulkar is a great player and the ton would only be another feather in his cap. Cricket experts and former players feel that Tendulkar’s 100 is only a matter of time. They demand patience from Indian fans and media. India’s iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar would soon score his landmark and much-awaited 100th international ton.

The records speak his greatness in the game of cricket and seem like the records are not only unbreakable until but forever. Until we could finish his extensive list of records SachinTendulkar is once again ready to hit another milestone. This time it’s the amazing feat of Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th Century that’s round the corner.